Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies
Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies

faculty co-directors

Janine Barchas is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on eighteenth-century literature and culture, the British novel, book history, textual studies, Jane Austen, and early fiction by women. Barchas' first book, Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge UP, 2003), won the SHARP book prize for best work in the field of book history.  In addition to several editing projects, Barchas has published articles on writers from "the long eighteenth century" in journals such as ELH, Review of English Studies, Eighteenth-Century Life, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Persuasions.  Her most recent book is Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). 

Ongoing projects include a website entitled "What Jane Saw" that reconstructs a museum visit attended by the Austens in 1813 as well as an investigation into the marketing of Jane Austen through book cover art from 1833 to the present.

Elizabeth Scala is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. She writes and teaches about Chaucer, the history of Chaucer studies, and the textual environments of medieval literature.  Her recently published essays focus on the circulation of desire in the Canterbury Tales; the phallic jokes in the General Prologue and modern historicist criticism; and illustrations of the Canterbury pilgrims in manuscript and modern books.  She has published The Post-Historical Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), a collection of essays co-edited with Sylvia Federico. 

She is currently working on a book on Desire in the Canterbury Tales. Professor Scala co-edits Exemplaria, an academic journal dedicated to medieval and Renaissance studies, which won the 2011 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

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